Articles in Honors

X. George Xu Named Edward E. Hood Jr. Endowed Chair of Engineering

Endowed professorship among highest honors bestowed on faculty members

George Xu

Nuclear engineering expert X. George Xu has been named the Edward E. Hood Jr. Endowed Chair of Engineering. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member. “Dr. Xu is known around the world as a leader in his field. His innovative work on radiation dosimetry is advancing many important… Read More

John Kolb Named NYSERNet Board Chair

Consortium of New York state institutions helps advance research and educational initiatives

John Kolb

NYSERNet, a private not-for-profit corporation created to foster science and education in New York state, announced at its recent board meeting that John Kolb ’79, vice president and CIO, has been selected as the board chair of the parent company NYSERNet.Net, succeeding Francis Lees of the American Museum of Natural History. William Thirsk, vice president… Read More

Shekhar Garde Named Dean of Engineering

Garde is the Elaine S. and Jack S. Parker Chaired Professor in Engineering

Shekhar Garde

Shekhar Garde has been named dean of the School of Engineering. Garde, the Elaine S. and Jack S. Parker Chaired Professor in Engineering, has served since 2007 as head of the university’s Howard. P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). “Dr. Garde is a distinguished researcher, an exceptional educator, and a skilled leader,”… Read More

Jose Holguín-Veras Elected Fellow of ASCE

Global leader in areas of freight demand modeling, transportation economics, and humanitarian logistics

FedEx truck

Jose Holguín-Veras, the William Howard Hart Professor, was recently named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). A professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Holguin-Veras is director of the Institute’s Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment and Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems. He began his… Read More

AMOS at Rensselaer Ranks 43rd on List of World’s Top 500 Supercomputers

Ranked number one among private American academic institutions


The Institute’s petascale supercomputing system clocks in at a top peak processing speed of 1048.6 teraflops per second, making it the 43rd most powerful system in the world, according to the most recent TOP500 list. Named the Advanced Multiprocessing Optimized System, or AMOS, the Rensselaer supercomputer was switched on in October 2013. The system is… Read More

Chang Ryu Named Director of Polymer Center

Also named acting head of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Chang Ryu

Polymer materials expert Chang Ryu has been named acting head of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and director of Polymer Center. Ryu joined Rensselaer as an assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology in 2000, and was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2013. He began working with the… Read More

Accolades and Honors

Recent publications and awards for faculty, staff, and students


FEATURED ARTICLE “It’s Personal: The Importance of a Credible Messenger” is featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Public Purpose, the magazine of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Written by David Brond, Rensselaer vice president for strategic communications and external relations, the article highlights the importance of selecting the correct spokesperson for… Read More

Peter Tessier Named Richard Baruch Professor

Research focuses on designing antibodies with potential for treating disorders ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease

Pete Tessier

Protein engineering expert Peter Tessier has been named the Richard Baruch M.D. Career Development Professor. An endowed professorship is among the highest honors bestowed on a Rensselaer faculty member. “Pete is an outstanding researcher and a gifted mentor,” said Shekhar Garde, dean of the School of Engineering. “In the laboratory, his work is pushing the… Read More

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards Grant To Improve STEM Persistence

Five-year, $1.2 million grant will enable Rensselaer to build upon successful peer-based mentoring program


Rensselaer has been awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as part of an education grant program aimed at improving the persistence of students working toward a degree in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The grant will enable Rensselaer to build upon and expand a successful… Read More

Rensselaer Graduates 1,613 at 208th Commencement

President advises graduates to embrace the data-driven revolution 
and believe in their ability to change the world


208th Commencement To the 1,613 graduates awarded degrees during the Commencement ceremony May 24, President Shirley Ann Jackson urged courage of their convictions and confidence in their capabilities. “Respect your own grand, but incomplete, ideas­—the ones you find exciting—the ones others find vague because they cannot yet see the future you see,” President Jackson said…. Read More